Zemo’s 36 apartments draw support from two

Two voices were raised in support of a pair of apartment buildings with 36 rental units — 11 of them “affordable units” — at public hearings Nov. 7 on two related projects at 86 Governor Street and 62 Prospect Ridge.

“One comment on each application that was positive and supportive of bringing in more affordable housing,” Planning and Zoning Commission Chairwoman Rebecca Mucchetti said after the hearing.

The hearings — which heard extensive testimony from developer Steve Zemo’s team of experts and also peer review experts who looked at the projects on behalf of the commission — were both extended to resume Tuesday, Dec. 4, starting at 7 p.m. in the town hall annex.

The two projects are proposed as an expansion of Zemo’s complex at the corner of Prospect Ridge and Governor Street. The two people who spoke in favor of the projects at the public hearings live in buildings Zemo already has there.

Vincent Liscio of 86 Governor Street, a member of the town’s Housing Authority, spoke in favor of the proposed new building at 62 Prospect Ridge.

And Lorraine Duryea of 76 Governor Street supported the project at 84 Governor Street.

Under Zemo’s plan the new building at 62 Prospect Ridge would have 20 units, six of which would be affordable. And the new project at 84 Governor Street would provide 16 units, five of which would be affordable.

The two apartment buildings are already on the site: Governor House, a 16-unit apartment building, which Zemo built in 2009 at 76 Governor Street, east of the police station; and a 20-unit building at 86 Governor Street, the corner of Governor and Prospect Ridge, built by Zemo in 2015.

In August, announcing the plans for two more buildings, Zemo said he intended to make the four apartment buildings “one community with shared gardens, patios, garden paths, and sidewalks.”

He added, “The rental homes will be age-restricted to 55 and above, will have garage parking, and will be pet-friendly.”